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Are Arsenal going to have to sign a left-back for injury-prone Kieran Gibbs? 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s first-choice left-back is Kieran Gibbs when fit, but the England international spends far too much time on the treatment table. His ability hasn’t been in question, with the 25-year-old being among the best in the Premier League last season, but Arsenal will be left with no choice but to sign a new arrival if Gibbs cannot prove his fitness over the course of the season.

In 2013/14, the Gunners academy product averaged a tackle or interception every 17 minutes in the Premier League, and played his part in Arsenal boasting the joint-most amount of clean sheets that season too. But Gibbs missed 10 Premier League games through injury, making a total of just 24 league starts.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina: “Nobody gives an inch in the physical Premier League” 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina believes he’s adapting in the Premier League following his move from Nice in the summer, and admitted how difficult it has been to get use to such a physical and unforgiving division.

The Colombian shot-stopper has been in decent form of late since replacing Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks, keeping two clean sheets in his last three games. He says he is getting used to the Premier League, while thanking centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for their help to protect him.

Arsenal sign Villarreal defender Paulista 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, with the 24-year-old having been awarded a work permit, for a deal said to be worth around £15M with Joel Campbell going in the opposite direction on loan.

Manager Arsene Wenger previously revealed the deal to sign Paulista could be completed today, saying: “Paulista is a central defender but he can also play on the flanks. He is tall and pacy. He has a good chance to adapt to English football. I see good potential in him. The deal could be done before the FA Cup draw (on Monday).”

Tomas Rosicky still proving his worth despite advancing age 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s long -serving midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been given a run of games in the side by manager Arsene Wenger, and the Czech Republic international hasn’t let him down. Rosicky, 34, scored and grabbed an assist in Arsenal’s 3-2 FA Cup win against Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion, and was singled out for praise by teammate Theo Walcott after assisting the England forward with a clever pass.

“Tomas does (no-look passes) all the time in training. It gets me all the time! He has that quality going forward, I love the way that he turns and breaks,” said the former Southampton man.

Arsenal’s FA Cup chances greater following shock exits this weekend 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal perhaps couldn’t believe their luck when they saw the amount of surprise FA Cup exits this weekend. The holders, who beat Hull City in last summer’s final at Wembley, were already looking to retain the competition, will have been paying attention to the results on Saturday afternoon that now gives them a real chance at going all the way once more.

Chelsea lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge against League One outfit Bradford City, Manchester City lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, Tottenham lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane against Premier League strugglers Leicester City, Southampton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, and Swansea City lost away to Blackburn Rovers.

Mesut Ozil physically stronger following gym work in rehabilitation 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the returning Mesut Ozil will be physically stronger after spending time in the gym while rehabilitating from a lengthy injury.

The German international, 26, spent three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, and now he’s ready to return. His physicality is something that has continually been criticised ever since he made the move from Real Madrid, and the Gunners boss admitted that area is something Ozil has been working hard at to improve.

Brighton vs. Arsenal FA Cup Preview 0

Posted on January 24, 2015 by David Nugent

Championship Brighton hosts Premier League Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Seagulls are currently 19th in the Championship table, just six points clear of the relegation zone.

However, they have hit a spot of form in recent weeks, having won four out of the last five games in all competitions, including a 2-0 win at Championship rivals Brentford in the third round.

Their only defeat in that run of five games was against the highly-flying Londoners and came at the Amex Stadium. The 1-0 defeat is Seagulls boss Chris Hughton only defeat in charge in his five games.

Arsene Wenger will not abandon attacking football 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has no intention of abandoning the Gunners attacking style of play after their 2-0 win at reigning champions Manchester City last time out.

The Gunners produced what was a more pragmatic performance than in recent games against fellow big teams and were rewarded for their approach.


Wenger told Sky Sports: “I go from too romantic to too pragmatic,”

“We are not going to change our style. Of course we want to be defensively strong, but we want to play.”

Wenger wants changes to work permit regulations 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for current work permit rules to be scrapped as the Frenchman believes clubs in England are disadvantaged when it comes to signing non-EU footballers.

The Gunners have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal, but it remains to be seen whether the talented footballer will be able to get a work permit and complete his move.

Seeing as how the 24-year-old has yet to represent Brazil at international level, Arsenal officials will have to persuade Home Office that Paulista is an exceptional talent as that is the only way to be granted a work permit.

Injury update ahead of weekend FA Cup clash 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an update of the players currently sidelined with injury, ahead of their FA Cup meeting against Brighton this weekend.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Hector Bellerin (ankle) were both said to be doubtful for the Brighton game, and Wenger has confirmed the young midfielder is still touch and go, saying: “We have some uncertainties about Oxlade-Chamberlain but he will have tests. I’m not sure (if the Ox will be available). He has an inflammation of his groin problems.”

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